Percorsi mtb a Savona e Vado
Itinerario 08
Salita da Valleggia a Rocche Bianche

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Aggiornamento: 1/2007 connessione
Punto di partenza: Valleggia
Come arrivare: Il paese è raggiunto dall'itinerario 4 e dall'itinerario 44.
Itinerario.
Dall'estremità superiore della piazza di Valleggia saliamo una ripida stradina asfaltata (segnavia FIE r6).
Saliamo ripidamente per circa un chilometro raggiungendo alcune case, qui svoltiamo decisamente a destra, in leggera discesa.
Percorsi pochi metri la salita riprende ripida e porta ad un colletto dove termina l'asfalto e dove si dipartono tre strade (km 2,5).
Svoltiamo a destra ed affrontiamo la ripida salita lungo una sterrata sulla linea di massima pendenza. La salita prosegue per la sterrata che taglia il versante meridionale della cresta senza lasciare respiro.
La strada termina ad un quadrivio (km 3,5). Delle due strade a sinistra prendiamo quella più a destra che sale meno ripida, cambiando versante. Alcuni tratti costringono a scendere di sella poi la pendenza diminuisce e proseguiamo a mezzacosta e con un tratto in discesa che termina all´incrocio con una strada.
A destra si scenderebbe a Faia (itinerario 11), andiamo invece a sinistra salendo con alcuni tornanti di pendenza ragionevole fino a giungere sotto ad un evidente colletto che lasciamo qualche metro a sinistra (km 5,5).
La strada prosegue a destra diventando larga e carrozzabile; arriviamo così ad un valico dove cambiamo nuovamente versante.
Il piacevole percorso si mantiene in falsopiano e porta ad un bivio (km 7,8; da sinistra sale da Segno l´itinerario 11).
Andiamo a destra proseguendo per un tratto in ripida discesa al termine del quale andiamo ancora diritti. Segue un tratto a saliscendi che termina ad un quadrivio (km 10).
Potremmo scendere a sinistra, sul segnavia FIE r14 per raggiungere l'asfalto; andiamo invece diritti per una stradina che presto inizia a salire e sbocca in un prato di fronte ad una cascina. Proseguendo passiamo al di sopra della trattoria ed arriviamo al piazzale delle Rocche Bianche (km 12).
Dislivello: 700 m
Ciclabilità: 99%
Osservazioni:


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Ascent from Valleggia to Rocche Bianche

Updating: 1/2005
Start point: Valleggia
How to arrive: The country is reached by the itinerary 4 and by the itinerary 44.
Itinerary.
From the superior extremity of the square of Valleggia we go up for a steep narrow asphalted road (trail sign FIE r6).
We steeply go up for around a kilometer reaching some houses, here we turn to the right decidedly, in descent on dirt road.
After few meters the ascent it takes steep again and it becomes a dirt road. At a pass three roads (km 2,5) start.
We turn to the right and we face the steep ascent on a dirt road on the maximum inclination. The ascent continues on the dirt road that cuts the southern side of the ridge without leaving breath.
The road finishes to a crossroads (km 3,5). Of the two roads to the left we take that to the right that less steep climbs, changing side. Some stretches force to go down of saddle, then the inclination decreases and we continues to hillside and then with a stretch in descent that finishes to the intersection with a road.
To the right we would go down to Faia (itinerary 11), we go to the left instead climbing with some hairpin bends of reasonable inclination up to come under an evident saddleback with benches that it is not reached leaving to the left it some meter (km 5,5).
The road continues to the right becoming wide and carriage; we arrive so to a pass where we change side again.
The pleasant run maintains its almost level and leads to a fork (km 7,8; from left climbs the itinerary 11 from Segno).
We go to the right continuing on a stretch in steep descent at the end of which we still go straight on. It follows an up and down stretch that finishes to a crossroads (km 10).
We could go down to the left, on the trail sign FIE r14, shortening the run; we go instead straight on a narrow road that soon it begins to climb and it leads in a lawn in front of a farmhouse. Continuing we pass above the restaurant and we arrive to the square of the White Fortresses (km 12).
We go down to the left on the carriage road with asphalted stretches up to reach the intersection where the tarmac goes to the left for Segno (km 14). We go down to the right instead on the ample dirt road. Later around 700 meters look out to take to the left a narrow forest road (trail sign FIEr14).
We continue to hillside with stretches in descent arriving to an intersection (km 15) where we turn to the right leaving the principal road that goes down (varying 8.1).
We continue first in ascent then in steep descent arriving to an intersection (km 16) where we keep the left, in plain (trail sign r14; to the right varying 8.2).
We still meet a crossroads after two kilometers where we go to ascent reaching the ridge. We follow the ridge with its up and down to arrive on top of the Bric Colombino with its aerials (km 17,3).
A very steep descent on dirt road then to the right with smaller inclination. We arrive to a road that we follow to the left, we pass near a house and we reach an ample pass with three roads. Here it arrives from right the itinerary 4 that climbs from Spotorno.
We go straight on then climb a steep ramp in concrete. Other small pass with an intersection where we go to the right (to the left the itinerary 12 goes down). The road continues in ascent and then in descent passing above a quarry, another square of quarry to the right and then final descent to a pass (km 23).
With the road to the left it is possible to quickly reach Vado Ligure and to finish the turn.
We go to the right instead on descent dirt road. To the left we see the gate from where the itinerary 13 arrives and passes the variation 8.3.
After few meters we have to turn to the right clearly on a narrow road.
The level run directs its toward the Mao mountain becoming path. We continue in almost level skirting along the base of the mountain, we go out of the valley and we continue with ample sight on the sea.
Finally the ground becomes concrete, then tarmac and we steeply go down to Spotorno (km 26).
To the left on the Aurelia for Vado and Valleggia.
Dislivello: 700 m
Rideable: 99%
Observations: Numerous possible variations exist. At the pass of the km 23 be careful not to follow to the right the inviting dirt road in descent; is blind and with mordant dog! To turn instead immediatly to the right.
Varying 8.1:
it's a link that offers a possible descent from White Fortresses but it also allows to reach Segno without climbing the White Fortresses for the one who arrives from Spotorno/Bergeggi/Vado.
At the fork we go in descent (trail sign S in white field and FIEr4, horse run). The descent presents some steep stretches. After a kilometer we find a fork where we turn to the left, in plain.
The descent continuous then the path does more narrow but it immediately widens becoming a narrow road that leads to the houses and the tarmac of street Contrada (km 3,3). At the intersection after the houses we turn to the left and we arrive to the road that from Segno climbs (km 3,7).
Climbing to the left we reach in 300 meters the fork for Campo of French used by the itinerary 11.
Varying 8.2:
we turn to the right and the road immediately starts to go down. We get over a brief steep stretch going out on a wide road. Few hundred meters and we go out on the tarmac (km 0,5). To the right we would go to Vezzi, going instead to the left we meet the followings intersections:
Varying 8.3:
Interesting run, but it crosses a private ownership a lot of defense from poster of prohibition of access. Probably the right of passage on the path cannot be interdicted, however it is opportune to proceed with education.
We cross the gate and we follow the narrow road, leaving therefore to the left the itinerary 13. We arrive to a house (km 0,3), we cross the courtyard and we continue on the path.
We reach an intersection (km 0,5). Going down to the right and then turning to the left to the fork we could reach the tarmac road in 300 meters. We go to the left instead, in ascent.
The road continues in light ascent and it reaches the great square where we meet the itinerary 13 (km 1,1) that we follow contrarily. We reach therefore the powder magazine and get over the difficult descent arriving on the tarmac (km 1,9) where we turn to the right for Bergeggi.

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La mtb può essere un'attività pericolosa: io indico qualche passaggio che mi è parso particolarmente esposto, ma è ovvio che una caduta anche su un piccolo scalino può fare un sacco di danni. Percorrete gli itinerari descritti sotto la vostra esclusiva responsabilità: usate tutta la prudenza necessaria e valutate bene le vostre capacità prima di cacciarvi nei guai.